LibriVox recording of Deathworld, by Harry Harrison. Read by Gregg Margarite (1957-2012).
Harry Harrison (1925 - ) is best known for his Stainless Steel Rat stories and the novel Make Room! Make Room! which was adapted for film as Soylent Green. Deathworld is the first in a series of novels begun in 1960 and originally serialized in Astounding Science Fiction Magazine. It’s the story of Jason dinAlt a professional gambler with psionic skills who finds himself on Pyrrus the deadliest planet to be colonized by humanity. Violent weather, active tectonics, heavy gravity, abundant predators, and a hostile splinter group of colonists is only the beginning of Jason’s quest to learn the truth about Pyrrus. (Summary by Gregg Margarite)
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May 12, 2011 Subject:
starring yul brynner
May 12, 2011 Subject:
Listened to this 2x
and its a keeper.
Our hero wins a bunch of money for a guy who is built like a tank. Why does he need the money? To buy WEAPONS, lots and lots. Jason can't resist, why do they need weapons. So, Jason decides to insist on a trip to their planet... and the fun begins!
Reader is excellent.
June 12, 2010 Subject:
Facinating Sci-Fi. Jason dinAlt, an indolent gambler, finds meaning and purpose in a rather unlikely place - the harsh planet Pyrrus. In turn, he finds hope & peace for the inhabitants there, not to mention a lovely companion for himself!
Story went along new and interesting lines. I had to sit thru the whole reading once I had started - unstoppable!
Gregg Margarite was a good reader, conveying the mood of the story well with his tone and tenor. The reading was a bit fast though - going a bit slow would make it even better.
February 10, 2010 Subject:
I have to agree..
This book was really, really, good, and I agree with the previous reviews, not much more you could ask for...Be sure to listen to the second book "The Ethical Engineer"...
September 29, 2009 Subject:
The reader has my gratitude
Greg Margarite does such a good job with this fun science fiction novel. But by good job, I don't mean he's performing like a circus monkey; he reads smoothly and with some emotion but not too much and calmly but not monotone; it's just perfect, so I'm listening to the story rather than listening to the reader. He's not distracting me, in other words, and is pleasent to listen to. Thanks to him for donating his time. He also writes a clear synopsis (over on sister site Librivox). If I had an email adress, I would have sent him a personal thank you, but for now, this will have to suffice. Great book, too, by the way. Someone called it a "popcorn" novel and I'd say that fits, but certainly not a "dumbed down" version of science fiction. Good writing Harry Harrison, good reading Greg, thanks to you both.
May 6, 2009 Subject:
This is a good popcorn book with a straightforward plot and a great deal of action. If you like starship troopers (the Movie), you'll probably like this. Planet of the Damned by the same author is also on the same formula.
This is classic Sci Fi at its very best!. Alien worlds, space ships, creepy creatures, fighting, discoveries and gambling. What more could you pssibly want from a Sci Fi novel?
Well, I suppose you might want an appealing lead chacter, whos the underdog but is likely to win through in the end. You might want a plot that doesn't sleep, that presents you one exciting scene after another. Perhaps you want to explore the strange? Well you've got all of that here, in a story that doesn't show it's age.
The lead character is a professional gambler who has an edge, he can use his mind to manipulate the dice! Yet these powers are very limited, he's not some Sci Fi wizard wandering around the worlds blasting his enemies, no, his powers are limited to rolling the dice, and a mind to rival Sherlock Holmes.
Ths is fairly short novel that is read very well and is a delightful afternoons listening. If your a SciFi fan you should treat yourself to this free treat.
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